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Art & Design
The Aims of the Department
At Blackheath High School we believe that Art is an essential part of the curriculum, installing lifelong aesthetic awareness and nurturing the whole child in relation to community and culture. The department is committed to giving girls the opportunity to take part in large-scale projects for permanent display in the school and exhibitions held outside of school. We consider all girls capable of achieving success through being engaged, committed and confident. We aim to provide a wide-ranging and challenging Art education based on the meaningful personal development of individual work within the field of Art. We recognise the continuing importance of traditional disciplines and skills whilst embracing contemporary ideas in making Art.
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Drawing from observation is central to the making and development of pupils' work: drawing is the essential process by which pupils gain true visual understanding and are able to work through ideas towards resolved personal solutions. Units of work are planned to offer a clear structure, developing work through medium, process or theme. Within each planned unit of work, girls are given opportunity for focused personal development and innovation.
At Blackheath High we offer the girls a wide range of practical skills and activities including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, block printing, silkscreen, textiles, digital imaging and video. All girls study Art and Design until the end of Year 9 following the National Curriculum. The Programme of Study for Art and Design at Key Stage 3 links directly into the Assessment Objectives used for Art and Design at GCSE, which then in turn leads directly into AS and A2.
In Years 10 and 11 we offer GCSE Art and Design through the EDEXCEL exam board. In the Sixth Form we offer Art and Design and Art and Design Textiles through EDEXCEL. For further information about these courses or the National Curriculum go to:
Art & Design Trips and Extra Curricular Activities
The art department organises trips abroad each year to destinations such as Berlin, Barcelona, Paris and Florence. On an exciting trip to New York, students had the opportunity to view a wide range of artwork from the last century at the MOMA, the New Museum and many more. This has become the catalyst for projects undertaken by the pupils since their return to school.
Visits to Galleries and Museums are an important part of teaching across all year groups, giving the girls the opportunity to experience and draw works of art, artefacts and natural objects at first hand. We visit a variety of galleries and museums such as The Saatchi Gallery, Eltham Palace, Barbican Art Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Year 12 and 13 students make frequent visits to galleries and museums throughout the A level course. We regularly invite practicing artists and designers into school for day long workshop sessions. Sixth form artists take an extra weekly life drawing class for one term of the year.
We are delighted to have been recognised with the ‘Artsmark Gold’ award by the Arts Council for our “excellence in arts and cultural provision.” Click here for more information on Artsmark.